Jason Hammel (0-3, 4.60) vs. Dontrelle Willis (1-0, 3.27), 1:05 p.m. EST
The Tigers may have had their seven-game winning streak end last night, but they still have a chance for their third straight series win this afternoon. Both games in this series were decided by a 4-3 score, so is that what we should expect today?
Can the D-Train do it again? In his last start, Dontrelle Willis pitched the game that every Tigers fan (and many fans throughout baseball) has been waiting for. Willis gave up just one hit over 6.1 innings, with five strikeouts and two walks. His pitches had movement, he changed speeds effectively, and perhaps most importantly, he continued to show control.
It's difficult not to overreact at such a performance, considering how Willis had pitched since joining the Tigers. But if he can pitch effectively in two consecutive starts, and show some consistency, Detroit's starting rotation suddenly looks much better. And that's something to really get excited about.
Jason Hammel has lost his last three games for the Rockies, but has pitched well enough to win at least three of his five starts this season. He's allowed four runs in his last 14.1 innings, but his lineup's only provided four runs worth of support. Hammel has pitched better on the road so far, with a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings.
UPDATE: Here are your starting lineups:
05/24/09 1:05 PM EDT
|Colorado Rockies||Detroit Tigers|
|Dexter Fowler - CF||Josh Anderson - LF|
|Troy Tulowitzki - SS||Ramon Santiago - 2B|
|Todd Helton - 1B||Clete Thomas - RF|
|Matt Murton - LF||Miguel Cabrera - 1B|
|Ryan Spilborghs - RF||Curtis Granderson - CF|
|Garrett Atkins - DH||Magglio Ordonez - DH|
|Yorvit Torrealba - C||Brandon Inge - 3B|
|Clint Barmes - 2B||Adam Everett - SS|
|Ian Stewart - 3B||Dane Sardinha - C|